All posts by Christina Garofalo

Christina Garofalo is an editor at ShermansTravel. Her essays and reporting have appeared in RUBY, Paste, First We Feast, and Robb Report. Christina also runs the blog Adventures in Frugal and writes short fiction and poetry, which has been featured by HotStreet.org and the On and Off Reading Series in Brooklyn, New York.
 Bayview Hilton Garden Inn and Homewood Suites
Bayview Hilton Garden Inn and Homewood Suites

San Diego is amid a hotel boom. After a long hiatus from construction, the city’s established accommodations are getting fresh faces, and there are more new hotels slated to open in the next two years than have opened in the last eight. Downtown alone will get 10 new properties — including a 400-room InterContinental on the waterfront, Marriott’s millennial-focused Moxy Hotel, and... Read More

 Greenwich, CT/Christina Garofalo
Greenwich, CT/Christina Garofalo

It’s not surprising that many former Manhattanites call Greenwich home. With its walkable downtown, high-end shops, Parisian-style cafes, and trendy farm-to-table eateries — plus a train station that connects to NYC in 40 minutes (and an Amtrak stop the next town over) — Greenwich offers the small-town charm city-dwellers relish with the convenience and... Read More

 The Bowery Boys
The Bowery Boys

There’s a reason New York City hosted 58.3 million tourists last year alone. From Wall Street to Stonewall, waves of immigration and innovation, and a skyline that’s framed countless films, New York City inspires a certain historical fanfare. In the nearly 400 years since the city was founded, millions of... Read More

 Oxeheart/Christina Garofalo
Oxeheart/Christina Garofalo

Houston claimed eight of the nominees for this year’s James Beard Foundation Awards. That’s right — Houston, that other Texan city. The unprecedented number — which includes a record of five chefs elected for the category Best Chef: Southwest, and the winner of the title, Justin Yu — suggests a larger trend... Read More

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 Yeiser Art Center, Paducah
Courtesy Yeiser Art Center, Paducah

America is so vast, it’s easy to fill your bucket list with big-name destinations, like New Orleans and San Francisco, and never tap into smaller cities that pack just as much culture. Whether it’s a burgeoning arts scene or a host of new, award-winning eateries, these six cities —... Read More

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Royal Caribbean International's Harmony of the Seas, the world"s largest and newest cruise ship, previews in Southampton. General view to Central Park
Harmony of the Seas/Royal Caribbean

Royal Caribbean has received a ton of buzz over its latest ship, Harmony of the Seas, which embarked on its maiden voyage this week. As the largest cruise ship in the world — with 16 decks and 2,747 staterooms — Harmony combines the best features of the Oasis- and... Read More

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Wyndham Grand Rio Mar, Puerto Rico. USA. Photography by: Victor Elias Photography.
Wyndham Grand Rio Mar, Puerto Rico/Victor Elias Photography

We know how hard it is to find an all-inclusive deal in Puerto Rico. So we were thrilled when the Wyndham Grand Rio Mar launched a new program last month that gives guests unlimited access to its bars, restaurants, and other amenities. Because, let’s face it — it’s nice to... Read More

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Singapore National Orchid Gardens/Christina Garofalo
Singapore National Orchid Gardens/Christina Garofalo

With nearly 30,000 known species, the Orchid Family comprises the largest plant species in the world — and new kinds are still being discovered every few months, including three last fall near Machu Picchu. Though orchids are associated with the tropics, they live on nearly every continent and in every climate — from the marshes of... Read More

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 Manang / Chabad of Nepal / Chabad.org
Manang/Chabad of Nepal/Chabad.org

Holidays tend to feel a little less holiday-like when you’re on the road and far from home. But those traveling this weekend at the start of Passover — which begins on Friday, April 22 — can celebrate at one of the thousands of seders hosted by Chabad.org, which brings Jewish traditions to people... Read More

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flickr/Ed Dunens

Ah, the dreaded overnight flight: killer of restfulness, causer of leg cramps, and root of all irrational anger toward your neighbor. (We know, his phlegm-y breathing is basically salt in the wound). Sure, flying overnight gives you more time to enjoy your destination; but between your seatmate’s pulsing earphones and... Read More

Lucille's
Lucille’s

Calling all foodies: Through April 10, Houston chefs and restaurateurs are coming together to host Black Restaurant Week — the city’s first culinary event created to exclusively support and honor black restaurants and chefs. In the last five years, Houston’s culinary scene has received an increasing amount of buzz, and some... Read More